As I mentioned in the first post on this subject (HERE), I’m going to take a closer look at the wonderful world of cartography, starting this week with sketch maps.
Noun 1. sketch map – a map drawn from observation (rather than from exact measurements) and representing the main features of an area
A sketch map is essentially a self-authored, freehand and simplified illustration of an area, showing the basic positions of certain key features. They tends to be maps drawn from the same perspective as a vertical aerial photograph (i.e. looking directly down on the area) and can either be drawn from memory, or from other, more detailed maps or photographs.
Sketch maps, though not generally drawn to scale, do nonetheless succeed in capturing large amounts of important information in an accessible, ‘back of a fag packet’ format.
Sketch maps require minimal equipment, a pencil, some paper and something to lean on. They are a quick and simple way of recording and then sharing necessary information.
Sketch maps are created and used by a wide variety of people, who, by removing visual clutter, enable the reader to focus on key information, a route, key roads, key buildings etc.